Well after some experimentation and playing around I have found some new information out regarding listening to iheartradio from the command line in Linux.
Newer versions of mplayer have support to play the rtmp:// protocol eliminating the need for rtmpdump.
Quick Recap on how to grab the rtmp:// url from an iheartradio stream
- Go to
http://p2.STATION_ID.ccomrcdn.com/player/player_dispatcher.html?section=radio&action=listen_live; where station id is the call letters (ex: wtfx-fm)
- The attribute primary_location in <stream> contains the rtmp url
NOTE: The RTMP URL changes every 5-10 minutes! You must fetch the new url everytime.
To play the stream with mplayer:
mplayer "rtmp://cp21366.live.edgefcs.net/live/Lou_KY_WTFX-FM_OR..." -novideo
-novideo option is very improtant otherwise mplayer will take 5+ minutes trying to find video for the stream (there is none).
This is all great, but this is a lot of work everytime you want to listen to a iheartradio stream. Therefore I have coded up a script.
- Asks you for the station id (ex: wtfx-fm)
- Asks how long the stream should play for
- Check for song information every 10 seconds
- Not Perfect (Alpha Quality)
#!/usr/bin/env python import subprocess import time import urllib2 import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET import os import datetime #Location of Stream to be SAVED DefaultStation="wtfx-fm" def getXML(): data=urllib2.urlopen('http://p2.'+station+'.ccomrcdn.com/player/player_dispatcher.html?section=radio&action=listen_live').read() xml=ET.fromstring(data) return xml def getSongInfo(): xml=getXML() artist=xml.find('ListenLiveInitialize/JustPlayed/song/artist').attrib['name'] title=xml.find('ListenLiveInitialize/JustPlayed/song/track').attrib['track_title'] return artist,title while True: station=raw_input("Enter Station ID [" + DefaultStation + "]: ") if not station: station=DefaultStation try: xml=getXML() except urllib2.URLError: print "Error - Invalid Station ID or Web Server Problem - Try Again" else: break while True: try: TIME=int(raw_input("Time Stream will Play (in minutes): ")) except ValueError: print "Error - Invalid Time - Try Again" else: break rtmpurl=xml.find("ListenLiveInitialize/StreamInfo/stream").attrib['primary_location'] mp=subprocess.Popen(['/usr/bin/mplayer', rtmpurl, '-novideo', '-ao', 'alsa', '-quiet'], stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stdin=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE) mpPID=mp.pid endTime = datetime.datetime.now() + datetime.timedelta(minutes=TIME) OldSongInfo= while datetime.datetime.now() < endTime: SongInfo=getSongInfo() if not SongInfo == OldSongInfo: OldSongInfo = SongInfo print SongInfo + " - " + SongInfo time.sleep(5) print("Stopping MPlayer...") os.kill(mpPID, 2) print "Done"
I got this script working on the N900 by downloading the Maemo 5 SDK and compiling the mplayer binary from a recent svn snapshot. Luckily, I didn't run into any problems. Although mplayer works with the N900, without any patches, it is not flawless. For example, video gets jittery and skips when the backlight switches off. I would recommend leaving mplayer form extra installed and storing the mplayer you compiled in /opt. With audio playback I do not have any issues, especially with the iheartradio rtmp stream!